Does a Chiropractor Use X-Rays?

One of the most important steps in chiropractic work is the diagnosis. It can be next to impossible to look at someone and determine what is going on inside the body. X-rays provide a great source of information for your diagnostic team. It allows them to discover underlying issues while not being invasive and to identify the true source of the problem.

X-rays are an important tool in the diagnostic world. They allow you a look at the inside of structures in the body that you normally wouldn’t be able to see. Armed with a clear photo of what is happening, your chiropractor can make a better diagnosis. Not only can an x-ray show the site of the injury, but they can also show areas of degeneration over time.

X-rays allow doctors to design a more customized treatment plan. By essentially taking a photo of what is happening on the inside, the source of the problem becomes more apparent and allows your chiropractor to create a proper treatment plan. It can also help to rule out certain conditions and pinpoint damaged areas for accurate treatment.

Because chiropractors rely so heavily on alignment, x-rays show exactly what is out of place and the degree of subluxation. No two people have the same body, meaning everything is a little bit different for everyone. Your customized care plan may be completely different from your family members or friends. Ask your office about an x-ray on your next trip in order to make sure you are getting the most accurate care possible.

A Safe Source of Information
X-ray technology has improved vastly in recent years. Experts say it would now take more than 300 spinal x-rays to approach an unsafe level of radiation. While some people regard the x-ray as outdated technology, we think it is one of the best diagnostic tools available.

Steps Taken to Minimize Exposure

In our office, we’ve upgraded our technology to the most recent standards of care. In order to keep everyone safe, we have adjusted the amount of radiation used to take an x-ray to almost nothing. Here’s a quick look at some of the safety features we have added to our offices:

  • We only take the x-rays needed for a complete diagnosis.
  • Rare Earth screens cut x-ray exposure by over 50%.
  • The x-ray beam is narrow in order to use the least amount of radiation possible.
  • Grids help to keep things on track and to improve the quality of the photos themselves.
  • Our high-speed film lowers the time spent in an x-ray.
  • X-rays happen in 1/100th of a second.